Course Schedule

Students are responsible for reading the appropriate chapter in the class notes and in the textbook before coming to class. We will answer questions and do exercises in class and these will be of benefit only if you have read the material beforehand. The material we cover in the group exercises will be emphasized on the exams, so it is in your interest to show up to class and participate. However, be aware that you are responsible for all the material in the class notes.

The course text is an online text, Open Stax Astronomy. Use the text book as a resource for items in the class notes you do not understand. You are also encouraged to ask questions about content anytime, preferably in class or during my help sessions. I’m happy to address any questions, but specific, course content related questions are the most useful for your learning.

Each week, you should also be preparing for lab by reading the lab write-up on Blackboard and completing the pre-lab questions before your lab meeting (deadlines listed below). You can also find the full lab schedule here.

 

Week Topic Reading
1- M Jan. 27
T Course Introduction, Nature of Science 1 Science and the Universe: A Brief Tour
Th Nature of Science, Light & Atoms 5 Radiation and Spectra
F

Complete Course Survey Questions via Blackboard / Course Information by 11:59 PM

Complete Lab Policies Questions via Blackboard / Labs by 11:59 PM

Each of these is worth 5 Participation & Engagement points

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2- M Feb. 3
T Light & Atoms
Th Light & Atoms 5 Radiation and Spectra
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3- M Feb. 10
T Light & Atoms 5 Radiation and Spectra
W Homework 1 &
Spectroscopy Pre-lab questions due via Blackboard 11:59 PM
Th Light & Atoms, Properties of Stars 17 Analyzing Starlight
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4- M Feb. 17
T Properties of Stars 17 Analyzing Starlight
W Homework 2 &
Stellar Spectral Classification Pre-lab questions  due
via Blackboard 11:59 PM
Th Properties of Stars 18 The Stars: A Celestial Census
19 Celestial Distances
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5- M Feb. 24
T Gravity & Orbits 3 Orbits and Gravity
W Homework 3 &
HR Diagrams of Star Clusters Pre-lab questions  due
via Blackboard 11:59 PM
Th Interstellar Medium 20 Between the Stars: Gas and Dust in Space
F Homework 4 due via Blackboard 11:59 PM
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6- M Mar. 2
T

1st Hour Exam Tues., Mar. 3

55 minute exam covers through Gravity & Orbits

lecture resumes after the exam period

Interstellar Medium
W Star Cluster Distances and the Dustiness of Space Pre-lab questions due via Blackboard 11:59 PM
Th Star Formation 21 The Birth of Stars
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7- M Mar. 9
T The Sun
Evolution of Low Mass Stars
16 The Sun: A Nuclear Powerhouse
22 Stars from Adolescence to Old Age
W Homework 5 & Planetary Nebulae Pre-lab questions due via Blackboard 11:59 PM
Th Evolution of Low Mass Stars
F Project plans due
Friday, Mar. 13 at 11:59 PM via Blackboard
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Mar. 16 Spring Break
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8- M Mar. 23
T Evolution of Low Mass Stars
Evolution of High Mass Stars
23 The Death of Stars
Project plans due
Tuesday, Mar. 24 at 11:59 PM via BlackboardMid-Course Survey via Blackboard / Course Information by 11:59 PM anonymous, optional, worth 3 P-E points
W

Homework 5 AND 6 deadline extended to Friday

Lab 6: Planetary Nebulae AND Lab 7: Dying Stars and the Birth of the Elements Pre-lab questions due  via Blackboard 11:59 PM

Th Evolution of High Mass Stars
F Homework 5 AND 6 due via Blackboard11:59 PM
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9- M Mar. 30
M

Bb help session with Dr. Scott 3-5 PM.

Labs 6 and 7 due via Bb 11:59 PM

T

Evolution of High Mass Stars

Lab 7 due via Bb 11:59 PM

W Homework 7 &
Standard Candles Pre-lab questions (for BONUS credit) due 
via Blackboard 11:59 PM
Th

Relativity and Black Holes

Homework 7 due via Blackboard 11:59 PM

24 Black Holes and Curved Spacetime
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10- M Apr. 6
T Relativity and Black Holes, Galaxies 26 Galaxies
W Homework 8 &
The Great Debate Pre-lab questions due
 via Blackboard 11:59 PM
Th

Galaxies

Homework 8 due via Blackboard 11:59 PM

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11- M Apr. 13
T

2nd Hour Exam Tuesday, Apr. 14

Exam covers Interstellar Medium through Relativity and Black Holes

See Bb Announcements for information about exam format.

lecture will resume after the timed exam period

Galaxies

W Homework 9 &
Galaxies in the Sloan Survey Pre-lab questions due
 via Blackboard 11:59 PM
Th

Galaxies, The Milky Way

Homework 9 due via Blackboard 11:59 PM

27 Active Galaxies, Quasars, and Supermassive Black Holes
25 The Milky Way Galaxy
F Project draft summaries and products due Friday, Apr. 17 at 11:59 PM via Blackboard
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12- M Apr. 20
T The Milky Way
The Expanding Universe
29 The Big Bang
W Homework 10 &
Rotation Curves and the Mass of the Milky Way Galaxy Pre-lab questions due
 via Blackboard 11:59 PM
Th

The Expanding Universe

Homework 10 due via Blackboard 11:59 PM

F Exam 2 Bonus Questions (Coming Soon!) submit via Blackboard by 11:59 PM
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13- M Apr. 27
T The Expanding Universe
W Homework 11 &
Hubble’s Law Pre-lab questions due
 via Blackboard 11:59 PM
Th

Large Scale Structure

Homework 11 due  via Blackboard 11:59 PM

28 The Evolution and Distribution of Galaxies
F Homework 12 due via Blackboard 11:59 PM
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14- M May 4 Homework 12 due via Blackboard 11:59 PM
T

3rd Hour Exam Tuesday, May 5

See Bb Announcements for information about exam format.

lecture resumes after the exam period

W Large Scale Structure Pre-lab questions due via Blackboard 11:59 PM
Th Cosmology 29 The Big Bang
F Homework 13 due via Blackboard 11:59 PM
Project final summaries and products due Friday, May 8 at 11:59 PM via Blackboard
Extra Credit due Friday, May 8 at 11:59 PM via Blackboard
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15- M May 11 Homework 13 due via Blackboard 11:59 PM
T Cosmology
Homework 14 due via Blackboard 11:59 PM
W Homework 15 due via Blackboard 11:59 PM
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Final Exam    
Sec. 1,2: Thursday, May 14, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Sec. 5: Tuesday, May 19 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM